Every week, we ask you for your Pop Gems, those overlooked classics, those top tunes that used to be huge but somehow fell off pop's radar.
This week, the theme was FIRST DANCE – the classic tracks you would love to hear as you take to the dancefloor at your wedding for the very first time.
Slushy or bonkers, we didn’t care, just as long as it meant something to you and your loved one, as you concentrate very hard on your dance steps while out of the corner of your eye, the best man gets dangerously close to your little sister.
We finally got it down to this fantastic 14. See all the videos in a playlist.
|PINK||RAISE YOUR GLASS||13||2010|
|PARAMORE||THE ONLY EXCEPTION||31||2010|
|JLS||EVERYBODY IN LOVE||1||2009|
|DIANA ROSS & WESTLIFE||WHEN YOU TELL ME THAT YOU LOVE ME||2||2005|
|BUSTED||CRASHED THE WEDDING||1||2003|
|DANIEL BEDINGFIELD||IF YOU'RE NOT THE ONE||1||2002|
|ATOMIC KITTEN||ETERNAL FLAME||1||2001|
|SAVAGE GARDEN||TRULY MADLY DEEPLY||4||1998|
|SHANIA TWAIN||YOU'RE STILL THE ONE||10||1998|
|THE WANNADIES||YOU & ME SONG||18||1996|
|CE CE PENISTON||FINALLY||2||1992|
|SU POLLARD||STARTING TOGETHER||2||1986|
|CYNDI LAUPER||TIME AFTER TIME||3||1984|
|SANDIE SHAW||LONG LIVE LOVE||1||1965|
All things considered, and after much deliberation and a few dummy runs with some rather flat cava, we went for Shania Twain! Watch the video for You’re Still The One before we explain ourselves.
Why it had to be Shania
Shania was the huge surprise success of 1998, when she finally went mainstream. while she may be better remembered for her empowering romps, she could still knock out a heartfelt ballad. A Pop Gem is usually a track that is somehow overlooked, and Shania is definitely a popstar worthy of some further attention.
You’re Still The One has a special place in the hearts of Shania Twain fans – it was her first crossover hit after years of success in the USA as a country artist. It peaked at Number 10 in 1998 and is Shania’s 3rd bestselling single, shifting over 300,000 copies.
It was written about her relationship with then-husband Mutt Lange, who also co-wrote the song. The couple had faced criticism about the 20-year age gap between them and wanted to show that their relationship was real. And for a while it was – they split up in 2010 after 17 years together.
While You’re Still The One seems to be about a couple who’ve been together years and overcome lots of hurdles – rather than lovers starting out together – it’s still a classic first dance wedding song that would bring a tear to a glass eye.
Shania’s chart story
Shania has notched up quite a few hits in our time, with 13 of her singles making the Top 40. She’s had nine Top 10 hits, including seven consecutively. Her highest chart peak in the UK is Number 3, and two of her tracks have managed it, That Don’t Impress Me Much and Man! I Feel Like A Woman, both from 1999. Those two tracks are her bestselling singles in the UK, and That Don’t Impress Me Much comes out on top, with over 840,000 copies sold.
Here’s the original version of the track – the one released in the UK had a dancier feel.
Aside from her Official Singles Chart successes, Shania’s racked up some impressive sales on the albums front too! Her first hit album, Come On Over, reached Number 1 and is one of the bestselling album of all time in the UK. It’s sold over 3.3 million copies since its release in 1998. She’s had three further Top 10 albums – The Woman In Me (charted 2000), Up (2002) and a Greatest Hits in 2004.
Are you glad you crashed our wedding? See all 14 of our final contenders for the ultimate wedding first dance song.
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